Project post originally published on the Flux blog by Daniel Holbach
As the Flux family of projects and its communities are growing, we strive to inform you each month about what has already landed, new possibilities which are available for integration, and where you can get involved. Read our last update here.
It’s the beginning of November 2022 – let’s recap together what happened in October – it has been a lot!
News in the Flux family
Flux v0.36 adds support for verifying Helm charts with Cosign
Team Flux has released Flux 0.36 which continues the integration of OCI features further into Flux. Here is a list of features and improvements that were added in the last release:
- Verify OCI Helm charts signed by Cosign (including keyless) with
- Allow publishing a single YAML file to OCI with
flux push artifact <URL> --path=deploy/install.yaml.
- Detect changes to local files before pushing to OCI with
flux diff artifact <URL> --path=<local files>.
- New Alert Provider type named
generic-hmacfor authenticating the webhook requests coming from
Kustomization.status.conditionshave been aligned with Kubernetes standard conditions and
kustomize-controllermemory usage was reduced by 90% when performing artifact operations.
For this release we also added new documentation to our site:
- Guide: How to deploy Flagger with Flux using signed Helm charts and OCI artifacts
- FAQ: Should I be using Kustomize remote bases?
- FAQ: Should I be using Kustomize Helm chart plugin?
Please upgrade for the best experience.
Keeping the Flux Community up to date on new Security features and ways to keep their organisations and clusters secure is important to us. We are very happy that Flux project member Batuhan Apaydın took the time to write this blog post about proving the authenticity of OCI artifacts. Please take a look at to get practical advice on how to make use of this.
What’s more? CLOMonitor is a service which checks open source project repositories to verify they meet project health best practices. With the last Flux release, we have hit 100% compliance with Linux Foundation security best practices.
We would also like to high five Alexander Block, a member of our community and maintainer of kluctl: he reported the last Flux CVE (CVE-2022-39272) Improper use of metav1.Duration allows for Denial of Service. Thanks a lot for helping out with this!
Flagger v1.24 comes with signed releases & OCI Helm charts
Starting with Flagger 1.24.0, the Flagger release artifacts are published to GitHub Container Registry, and they are signed with Cosign and GitHub ODIC.
ghcr.io/fluxcd/flagger:<version>: multi-arch container images
ghcr.io/fluxcd/flagger-manifest:<version>: Kubernetes manifests
ghcr.io/fluxcd/charts/flagger:<version>: Helm charts
To verify an OCI artifact with Cosign:
export COSIGN_EXPERIMENTAL=1 cosign verify ghcr.io/fluxcd/flagger:1.24.0 cosign verify ghcr.io/fluxcd/flagger-manifests:1.24.0 cosign verify ghcr.io/fluxcd/charts/flagger:1.24.0
To deploy Flagger from its OCI artifacts the GitOps way, please see the Flux installation guide.
The previous release, Flagger 1.23.0 added support for Slack bot token authentication.
Flux Legacy reaches End-Of-Life
As discussed in the last monthly update for the Flux project, we retired Flux v1 and Helm Operator on November 1st. The projects will no longer be supported and were archived on GitHub.
Please look into migrating to Flux v2 as soon as possible.
If you still need migration help, there are still free migration workshops, or reach out for paid support to one of the companies listed here.
The Weave GitOps team continues to iterate and just released v0.10.1 of Weave GitOps.
With the release of v0.10.0 they are excited to announce the beta launch of a new tool called GitOps Run. GitOps can be challenging for the everyday developer to work with and it can create some friction, especially for developers who are less familiar with Kubernetes or Flux. The purpose of GitOps Run is to remove the complexity for developers so that platform operators can create developer environments easily, and application developers can benefit from GitOps and focus on writing code. Basically, they set up a live reconciliation loop between your cluster and local working directory of choice. Any changes made to your local working directory will automatically be pulled onto the cluster so you can iterate quickly. When you are done you can turn off GitOps Run and your cluster will go back to the previous state. This tool is incredibly useful with the VSCode GitOps extension.
You can either toggle GitOps Run to allow changes directly on the cluster or choose a sandbox option as well. The team is definitely looking for feedback on this exciting new feature so please don’t hesitate to engage and submit feature requests. Check out an overview and quick getting started video here.
The team continues to make improvements to the GitOps Dashboard as well. You are now able to inspect the YAML of all objects within the application as well as being able to navigate to objects via the various graph views. We have also added support for alerts and providers.
The Weave GitOps team has been hard at work on the next version of the tf-controller and just released Weave TF-controller v0.13.0 this week.
First-class YAML Support (tech preview)
A notable feature in this version is the first-class YAML support for Terraform. A Terraform object in v0.13.0+ allows you to better configure your Terraform resources via YAMLs, without introducing any extra CRDs to your cluster. Together with a new generator, Tofu-Jet will now be able to ship pre-generated primitive Terraform modules for all major cloud providers. The team shipped the alpha version of AWS package in this release. Tofu-Jet generator will be open-sourced later by the end of this year.
A primitive Terraform module is a module that only contains a single primitive resource like,
aws_iam_policy. With this concept, we would be able to use Terraform without writing Terraform codes and make it more GitOps-friendly at the same time.
New Features and Bug Fixing
- Implement webhooks for Terraform stages
- Add use case examples
- Add the default value to workspace
- Implement spec.values and map it to Terraform HCL
- Add docs for preflight checks
- Implement Helm-like template for Terraform files
- Add runner Dockerfile for Azure
- Upgrade Golang to v1.19
- Bundle an alpha version AWS Package
- Fix e2e
- Implement init containers support on the runner pod
spec.dependsOnand watch for the output secret changes
- Implement templating for input references
- Fix the check of dependencies by taking the output secret into account
- Add tests for the
- Change templating delimiter to
- Add labels to
tfstatevia the K8s backend so that we can group them by the labels
- Fix dependency in the finalizer
- Add an ability to Helm chart for creating service accounts in each namespace
- Parameterize AWS package in chart
- Add trace logging
- Fix runner service account template not returning multiple docs
replanto avoid double planning
- Add SHA and version information to the binaries
Weave GitOps Enterprise
Weave GitOps Enterprise continues to improve with numerous features including all of those mentioned in the OSS version above. They have released v0.10.1. First, you can now view terraform resources from the UI, plus sync and suspend resources like Kustomizations, HelmReleases, and Sources.
The team has also launched their pipeline feature which will enable you to set up environments for helm charts and track the chart versions across dev, staging, and production (or however you decide to define your environment stages).
Policy sets have been added as well so you can now state whether policies should just be treated as non-blocking (audit) or blocking (admission). This means you can easily configure your various policies to request the team to fix their code, either to future-proof it, or for the fix to be included before changes can actually be applied to the clusters.
Finally, the team has been working hard to open up templates to all types of objects within the platform. In the past, templates were isolated to only CAPI providers so you could easily self service clusters. From Weave GitOps Enterprise you are now able to create templates for any yaml objects so you can self-serve anything from new microservices to cloud infrastructure all driven by GitOps and the power of Flux.
Flux Subsystem for Argo
Flux Subsystem for Argo (aka Flamingo) is the safe migration path for Argo CD to Flux and Weave GitOps. A Flamingo image is the drop-in replacement of the equivalent version of Argo CD. You can safely run workloads reconciled by Flux and Argo CD on the same clusters.
The team has upgraded Flamingo to support Flux v0.36 and Argo CD v2.5. Not only the v2.5 support, this train of releases also include Flamingo for v2.2 – v2.4 too.
Here’s the updated support matrix
|Flux||Argo CD||Flamingo Image|
VS Code GitOps Extension
A new “Configure GitOps” workflow is available in the pre-release of the extension. The workflow introduces a new unified user interface for creating Source and Workload and for attaching Workloads to Sources. It supports both Generic Flux and Azure Flux (Arc/AKS) cluster modes. In Azure mode,
FluxConfig resources are created automatically (this can be disabled if the user wants Generic mode compatibility). Currently this feature is in the Extension Marketplace pre-release channel and supports
Kustomization resources. Final release will be available early in November and will provide an user-friendly UI for working with every type of Source and Workflow.
New additions to the Flux Ecosystem
We are very pleased to announce the following new members of the Flux Ecosystem. We feel blessed to have a lively and active community like this!
First up is the Datadog Agent for Flux: it runs on your hosts and collects events and metrics from hosts and sends them to Datadog, where you can analyze your monitoring and performance data.
KubeVela is next on the list, which now integrates Flux as well for Helm Chart delivery and GitOps, and provides multi-cluster capabilities.
We could have some kind of Halloween reference here, but GitOps zombies is actually a tool for finding Kubernetes resources which are not managed via GitOps. Go check it out.
And last but not least, here is the Pulumi Kubernetes Operator, which runs Pulumi programs, and can fetch them via Flux sources.
Recent & Upcoming Events
It’s important to keep you up to date with new features and developments in Flux and provide simple ways to see our work in action and chat with our engineers.
Recent Events (ICYMI) 📺
Thanks to all the Flux community members who are happy to talk about their experiences. In October there was obviously KubeCon (which we will have a separate blog post about), here is one talk already which we would like to highlight.
GitOps with Flux and OCI Registries – Soulé Ba & Scott Rigby, Weaveworks
Please let us know if we missed anything of interest and we will make sure to mention it in the next post!
Upcoming Events 📆
We are happy to announce that we have a number of events coming up in November – tune in to learn more about Flux and GitOps best practices, get to know the team and join our community.
ATO 2022 Get Started with Kubernetes & GitOps Workshop (Nov 1)
For those that are new to Kubernetes, don’t fret! Justin will give a brief overview of Kubernetes core concepts, features, architecture, and key components to ensure you have a necessary understanding of the Kubernetes ecosystem so that you can follow along with the rest of this hands-on workshop.
HashiCorp User Group Luxembourg (virtual) (Nov 30)
Flux Terraform Controller is a controller for Flux to reconcile Terraform configurations in the GitOps way with the power of Flux and Terraform, Terraform Controller allows you to GitOps-ify your infrastructure, and your application resources, in the Kubernetes and Terraform universe.
Flux Bug Scrub
Our Flux Bug Scrubs still are happening on a weekly basis and remain one of the best ways to get involved in Flux. They are a friendly and welcoming way to learn more about contributing and how Flux is organised as a project.
The next dates are going to be:
- 2022-11-02 12:00 UTC, 14:00 CEST
- 2022-11-10 18:00 UTC
- 2022-11-16 13:00 UTC
We are flexible with subjects and often go with the interests of the group or of the presenter. If you want to come and join us in either capacity, just show up or if you have questions, reach out to Kingdon on Slack.
We really enjoyed this demo of the k3d git server recently. It’s a local Git server that runs outside of Kubernetes, to support offline dev in a realistic but also simple way that does not depend on GitHub or other hosted services.
In other news
Your Community Team
The Flux Community Team started its own set of meetings as an experiment for the next 3 months. Here we want to discuss everything that’s important for the Flux community, such as organisation of events, advocacy, getting more people involved in the community and more.
This month we had our first two meetings. Check out the meeting notes which include the meeting recordings to see what was discussed in detail.
A few themes we are looking into as a group are:
- Document and refine processes and tools to make it a lot easier to be involved
- Highlight events and meetings to our community better
- Make things like our social and editorial calendars public so people can feed into it more easily and it becomes more of a team effort
Please join us for the next meeting – instructions and agenda can be found here.
People writing/talking about Flux
We love it when you all write about Flux and share your experience, write how-tos on integrating Flux with other pieces of software or other things. Give us a shout-out and we will link it from this section! ✍
- Using Flux to Automate Simple Tasks
- GitOps using Flux and Flagger
- GitOpsify Cloud Infrastructure with Crossplane and Flux
News from the Website and our Docs
Flux Adopters shout-out
We are very pleased to announce that the following adopters of Flux have come forward and added themselves to our website: Cyera, Syneki and University of Bordeaux.
If you have not already done so, use the instructions here or give us a ping and we will help to add you. Not only is it great for us to get to know and welcome you to our community. It also gives the team a big boost in morale to know where in the world Flux is used everywhere.
More docs and website news
We are constantly improving our documentation and website – here are a couple of things we landed recently:
- Update themes and move to using them as Hugo modules. This simplified our setup quite a bit.
- Generate resources section from YAML.
- Deemphasise Legacy Flux in our docs.
- Updates to the frontpage to make events easier to find.
- Update Flagger docs to 1.24. New guide to set up Flagger on a Kubernetes cluster the GitOps way.
- And lots of other updates and improvements.
Thanks a lot to these folks who contributed to docs and website: Stefan Prodan, Batuhan Apaydın, Mohamed F. Ahmed, Arhell, FG, Hidde Beydals, Michael Bridgen, Santosh Kaluskar, Jasmin Müller, Kingdon Barrett, Martin PAUCOT, Raffael Sahli, Shalom Yerushalmy, Steve Wilkerson and ebCrypto.
Flux Project Facts
We are very proud of what we have put together. We want to reiterate some Flux facts – they are sort of our mission statement with Flux.
- 🤝 Flux provides GitOps for both apps or infrastructure. Flux and Flagger deploy apps with canaries, feature flags, and A/B rollouts. Flux can also manage any Kubernetes resource. Infrastructure and workload dependency management is built-in.
- 🤖 Just push to Git and Flux does the rest. Flux enables application deployment (CD) and (with the help of Flagger) progressive delivery (PD) through automatic reconciliation. Flux can even push back to Git for you with automated container image updates to Git (image scanning and patching).
- 🔩 Flux works with your existing tools: Flux works with your Git providers (GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, can even use s3-compatible buckets as a source), all major container registries, and all CI workflow providers.
- 🔒 Flux is designed with security in mind: Pull vs. Push, least amount of privileges, adherence to Kubernetes security policies and tight integration with security tools and best-practices. Read more about our security considerations.
- ☸️ Flux works with any Kubernetes and all common Kubernetes tooling: Kustomize, Helm, RBAC, and policy-driven validation (OPA, Kyverno, admission controllers) so it simply falls into place.
- 🤹 Flux does Multi-Tenancy (and “Multi-everything”): Flux uses true Kubernetes RBAC via impersonation and supports multiple Git repositories. Multi-cluster infrastructure and apps work out of the box with Cluster API: Flux can use one Kubernetes cluster to manage apps in either the same or other clusters, spin up additional clusters themselves, and manage clusters including lifecycle and fleets.
- 📞 Flux alerts and notifies: Flux provides health assessments, alerting to external systems and external events handling. Just “git push”, and get notified on Slack and other chat systems.
- 👍 Users trust Flux: Flux is a CNCF Incubating project and was categorised as “Adopt” on the CNCF CI/CD Tech Radar (alongside Helm).
- 💖 Flux has a lovely community that is very easy to work with! We welcome contributors of any kind. The components of Flux are on Kubernetes core controller-runtime, so anyone can contribute and its functionality can be extended very easily.
Over and out
If you like what you read and would like to get involved, here are a few good ways to do that:
- Join our upcoming dev meetings on 2022-11-03 or 2022-11-11.
- Talk to us in the #flux channel on CNCF Slack
- Join the planning discussions
- And if you are completely new to Flux, take a look at our Get Started guide and give us feedback
- Social media: Follow Flux on Twitter, join the discussion in the Flux LinkedIn group.
We are looking forward to working with you.